Before moving on to London Fashion Week, here are a few trends one should note for the concluded Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week:
- Tie Belts
- Blanket Outerwear
Both Paris and Milan showed a captivating amount of trendy women’s ready-to-wear, with the most notable piece being military style (old world) capes. After hitting the runway in Europe, we saw the likes of Marc by Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, and Victoria Beckham recreate the movement with an American twist.
Vera Wang displayed feminine cape outerwear, whilst L’Wren Scott delivered an elegant, somewhat Gothic alternative. Rag & Bone along with the noted Michael Kors brought light to the deconstructed wonder of the blanket coat, evoking feels of warmth, fireplaces and hot cocoa.
The tie was put to good use this season by designers: Ralph Lauren who used the tie in it’s signature state and Proenza Schouler with their innovative twist to use the classic symbol of masculine attire as a belt. This is possibly the simplest (if not most cost effective) trend to reproduce with ease this season. Michae Kors, Krakoff, Lacoste, Calvin Klein, and Charlotte Ronson put plaid in the hot seat by offering up panelled blocks in leather and alternating colors layered with sheer (as seen in Peter som and the lovely Vera Wang). These large exaggerated patterns give one the perfect excuse for some expert color blocking.
Speaking of colors, when shopping for your fall 2012 wardrobe, consider vibrant reds (lining towards the purple side of the spectrum), safety orange, and light shades of gold (think 10-14 karat). For the ideal paring, incorporate black or throw in a black and white paisley. For examples see the fall collections of Narciso Rodriguez and Diane von Furstenberg monochrome or 3.1 Phillip Lim.